Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

the big over easy
jasper fforde
c. 2005
416 pages
completed 10/20/2009

read for: TBR list

*may contain spoilers*

Humpty Dumpty has been killed and it's up to Detective Inspector Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crimes Division and his new partner Detective Sergeant Mary Mary to solve the mystery without getting bogged down by office politics, bad press, a relentless ex-boyfriend, and the security detail of his Eminence the Jellyman.

I really enjoyed this book. I've been hearing LOTS of good stuff about this author, though mainly about his Thursday Next series, and have been meaning to look into him for a while, so I'm glad I finally did. It took me a little while to get into the book, probably because of the start of the school year, but I picked it up this weekend determined to get a good chunk read and haven't been able to put it down.

I'm a big fan of puns, especially literary puns, so this was great. And I have always liked characterizations like this, fractured fairy tales and all. I'm a little wary of starting the Thursday Next series because I am under the impression that it deals with more literary characters, something I wholly against (I can't stand books that are written as sequels to great fiction, especially all those supposed Jane Austen sequels), but maybe since I liked this book so much I will give them a try. MAYBE. I'm not sure why I'm so anti the fracturing of literary characters, but I'm all for it when it's fairy tales and myths and all, but there you go.

This review has gotten a bit off track...The long and short of it is, I think this series is fun and I look forward to what's next.


1 comment:

Linda said...

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